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Please see this new book on Junior Artists who debuted after 1959, including the favorites Darshan and Moolchand.

Unsung Junior Artists 2

Now You Know!

New 21


Panjabi Film Sangeet Granth (November 2015)

I have never met him, but have known about him and his work on Panjabi films for more than 20 years. The name of Bhim Raj Garg is well-known to the researchers of Indian cinema, specially Panjabi Cinema. I offer two examples. In the "Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas"  by Gokulsing and  Dissanayake (2013), his article on 75 years of Panajbi Cinema is cited with approval. Also, he rendered invaluable help in the "Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema" by Rajadhyakdha and Willemen (1999).

Garg recently mentioned that the Panajbi Film Geet Kosh, named Panjabi Film Sangeet Granth, is almost ready for publication now. The announcement in Panjabi is given below later . The contact info for him and his co-author Mandeep Singh Sidhu is given in English.

Here is the article on 75 Years of Panjabi Cinema by Bhim Raj Garg. He kindly sent me both versions. . It was published on June 4, 2011 in the Panjabi Tribune. The English version is appearing here for the first time.

Article in Panjabi 

Article in English

Panjabi Geet Kosh


Music and Arts in Hyderabad

Here are the first 14 pages of the book containing the Table of Contents and the Illustration Index.

Music Arts Hyderabad

I am happy to report the publication of the above book. It is written by Kamalakar Pasupuleti, edited by Surjit Singh, Foreword by Dr Mythili Anoop, an eminent dancer and guest faculty at University of Hyderabad. Here is the description of the book,

"Over a thousand people visit the historic city every week, hiking through the ruins of Golconda fort, or gazing at the spectacular Chowmohalla palace. Enthusiastic tour guides deliver tales about the two famous courtesans of that era: Taramati and Premamati, little knowing that the city had a number of courtesans who migrated from different parts of the country, made this city their home, and sang and danced for years. During the times, courtesans were the entertainers for the masses; they were the celebrities in functions, small and big; but with the advent of the talkie, they went into oblivion. The book uncovers details about the courtesans of the era, their mujras, their life style, and about musicians  who existed until the fall of Hyderabad in 1948. It also gives an account of singers and dancers who visited the city and gave memorable performances during the time. Further, the book covers various other forms of stage
entertainment such as folklore and drama, and cinema."